Failing To Plan Is Planning To Fail

So I have decided to take the plunge and commence my journey to online success. I have bought many programs and products over the past 18 months and have not seen much progress, mainly due to ‘information overload’ and a lack of focus, so it is time to make a change and really go for it. So where do I start? what do I do? what do I need?

1. A Mentor

Enter Alex Jeffreys, my online mentor. I first came across Alex through some of the products that I had bought online and the mailing lists that I was subscribed to, and over a period of months saw and heard his name mentioned increasingly as somewhat of a rising star.

This guy seemed to have all the right connections, from training and mentoring under Rich Shefren and Mike Filsaime, to cruising and swapping ideas with Multi-Millionaires including Andrew Fox. I started to realise that this was an individual that could help me and someone that I would like to align myself with.

It was then that I received a message from Ray Johnson offering the opportunity to join Alex Jeffrey’s 2.0 Coaching Program, which I snapped up and am now taking the first steps with Alex and the other students to online business success.

2. A Plan

The first module of the coaching program was a scheduled 2 hour Webinar which ended up going on at least twice that length of time, and was packed full of great content and information. After that I knew I had made the right decision and was fired up!

The module talked about the importance of planning and how “An idiot with a plan is more likely to succeed than a genius without” (which I believe is a quote from T. Boone Pickens). Alex talked about having 3 seperate plans, your business plan, your entrepreneur plan and your personal plan. I have formulated these and will be posting them on my ‘About‘ page shortly.

3. Organisation – To-Do Lists (& Did Sheets)

With the over-riding plans in place, Alex stressed the importance of being organised and breaking the plans down into manageable chunks. These may be Quarterly, 90-day, Monthly, Weekly or Daily.

The key then would be to make to-do lists around these timescales which would formulate the stepping stones to reach the goals and the plan objectives.

He also recommended having ‘did’ sheets so you can monitor what you actually do on a daily basis and identify where any procrastination creeps in or any areas for improvement (eg. constant web browsing in a non-business essential manner, or frequent checking of e-mail).

4. A Pledge

The final part of the expansion of the mindset and to draw focus on what you are trying to achieve was to create a pledge to yourself, so that you can begin to be held accountable. My simple initial pledge is to spend a minimum of half an hour per day on personal development. This will be with a business focus and will consist of reading or learning around topics which I can use in my business.

With these core components in hand, I have a solid foundation for developing my business and I continue onwards in my quest for success and financial freedom….


  • By Paul Hooper, August 5, 2009 @ 6:41 am

    Hi Tom,

    The title of this post is so powerful as it is so true, no plan will certainly lead to failure. This is a good recap of the fundamental elements required to make a business work. It’s always good to go back and reference these as they are that important.


  • By Mark Strong, August 5, 2009 @ 6:59 am

    Great post Tom!

    Planning is a huge part of success in any venture and I can tell you are on your way:) I like your writing style and am looking forward to hearing more from you.

    Take care,

  • By Rod Macbeth, August 5, 2009 @ 5:23 pm

    Hi Tom,

    Planning certainly is important and it’s something I’m having a fair bit of difficulty with while being involved with the course. It may just be a bad excuse but it seems there’s always things popping up with it that throw me off the path. Whatever the cause may be definitely something I have to work on.

    .-= Rod Macbeth´s last blog ..Some Inspiration from Maria Andros =-.

  • By Barbara Harvey, August 5, 2009 @ 7:58 pm

    Love this post. It wraps it all up so far in a nutshell.
    Regards – Barbara
    .-= Barbara Harvey´s last blog ..Possibly a Helpful Link =-.

  • By Shani, August 6, 2009 @ 9:55 am

    Hi Tom,

    You are so right. Planning is key, although your plan needs t be realistic from the start or you will never get anywhere.


  • By Susana Martinez, August 6, 2009 @ 10:04 am


    Great concepts here. Quite often it's the obvious which is unsaid and overlooked and can be the key to succeeding.


  • By David Walker, August 6, 2009 @ 5:34 pm

    Hi Tom,

    I can't argue with anything here. With a solid plan to follow and keeping yourself accountable along the way you are set to achieve more in one day than most people striving online manage in a week.


  • By Andrew Vaughan, August 7, 2009 @ 1:54 pm

    Hi Tom,

    By focusing on Planning, your making exactly the right start you need to Tom.

    Great advice for any newbie – start by planning waht you want to do.

    Can I offer some help with your header title? Let me know if so.

    Keep in touch,

  • By richard, August 8, 2009 @ 9:07 am

    Hi Tom
    This is one of the best lessons weve been taught so far.Getting our business organised and following a plan.
    Ive been a busy fool so often and not achieved anything.

    Hope alls going well on the course

  • By Sean Beardmore, August 9, 2009 @ 6:44 am

    Hey Tom,

    Well, until recently I didn't have a plan or any goals written down. But now I have and everything is falling into place.

    It's about having that foundation instead of just going from one thing to another and going around in circles.

    I was dizzy!

    Great post Tom,

    Tak soon


  • By Dump trucks, August 12, 2009 @ 4:50 am

    yea the title is very attractive and very much right. Without planning one cannot achieve its future things. Everything needs proper planning as to be done perfectly

  • By Richinec(AJ mentee), August 12, 2009 @ 2:47 pm

    Great start with your blog site; great content in your post. Keep moving on.


  • By Melanie Steeden, August 12, 2009 @ 11:36 pm

    Hey Tom,

    Your blog is looking great. Your post was a good reminder for me about going back to my pledge and also continuing to do my 'daily did sheets'. It is amazing how quickly we can forget the basics .

    Keep up the great work.

    Cheers Mel

  • By Paul Wilson, August 13, 2009 @ 12:27 am

    Hey Tom,

    This is so true, without a plan we are doomed to fail!!

    I lost focus for a couple of days, but now I have my plan back in place it's all kinda cool :-)

    Talk real soon


  • By Thomas Bartke, August 13, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

    Hey Tom:

    It's true and great – almost an "adage" about planning and failing!

    I find that it helps me a lot to use"planning tools" even for small tasks, for example when I create a new video, or structure a 45 minute segment of focused work.

    My favorite planning tool is to create a mind map. And I find it really helps. DOing it on the small stuff helps you get practice and discipline in using it.


  • By Dave Whittle, August 13, 2009 @ 7:46 pm

    Hi Tom,

    Good content, well put.

    Your blog title " Failing to Plan is Planning To Fail" says it all and to be honest it gave me a wake-up call as it is easy to start forgetting the basics.

    Keep up the great blogging. I will come back to see what you have to say next time ;o)


  • By Lee, August 13, 2009 @ 11:16 pm

    Great post Tom!! You are so right on the money regarding having a plan. And this theory flows over into everyday life as well as business. I totally agree with your T. Boone Pickens quote!! Truer works have not been spoken!
    Keep up the good work!

  • By Paul Norwine, August 15, 2009 @ 4:41 pm

    Hi Tom –

    Great post brotha. It's true that "without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” You become busy without moving forward. Know where you want to go, plan actions that will get you there, and move your feet!

    Glad to see you on the AJ course and taking action. Talk to you soon….Paul

  • By Avis Williams, August 17, 2009 @ 8:55 pm

    Hi Tom

    Very good post…To me having the right plan of action, is more important than having a plan in the first place. it is important to set deliverable goals that need to be accomplished at a set time, otherwise if you dont execute your goals, the plan will fail anyway.


  • By Jacinta Dean, September 30, 2009 @ 5:20 am

    Hi Tom,

    I just thought I would pop by and say hello and return the visit from my blog! :lol:
    I really like your style of writing and your truth. Alex sounds like he is an awesome mentor. Mentors are so important when we are learning as well as the community we learn with.

    I really like the plan ideas. I have sort of been working to a plan. I have a goal board on the wall opposite me when I am working at the computer and have my goals posted on 6×4 cards. I look at them everyday and the one that gets me the most is the card in the middle that says: "Stay Focused"

    It can be so easy to get side tracked…but one of my favorite sayings is "The Tortoise always wins the race".

    Stay focused and have fun! :lol:

    Kind Regards

    Jacinta :D

  • By Karen Kalata, September 30, 2009 @ 12:42 pm

    Hi Tom,

    This post immediately caught my eye, becuase this is the exact area that I want to improve on. I have decided to spend four hours per week on planning alone and then planning tomorrow, today. Like Alex said.

    And thanks for the reminder in your post – about having a personal pledge. That's actually something that I do not have right now, that I want to create.

    Great post Tom and your blog is coming along wonderfully,

  • By Tomharvey, September 30, 2009 @ 12:49 pm


    Thanks for stopping by. Alex has been a great and inspiring mentor and has way over-delivered what i think we all expected when we signed up to his program. I think your goal board sounds a great idea, I have some 'wish list' type pictures behind my computer to remind me of my aims, but perhaps a focus quote would be a useful addition!

    All the best


  • By Tomharvey, October 2, 2009 @ 12:07 am


    Thanks for the visit. I have just been re-visiting my plans after the coaching call the other night in order to revise and stretch my goals. Sometimes I find the hardest thing to do is get the time to plan as you feel a need to plough on.

    Are you going to publish your plans/pledge in the forum as then you can be held accountable!! Speak soon


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